Earlier this week we completed the PADI Specialty Instructor Training on Koh Samui for June 2015. We actually finished in this July month with a few dives on Chaweng Beach, but more of that later.
Lucas on side mount during the confined water dive
The start sign was given after a day off, in order to recover from the party after the successful PADI IE for June 2015 on Koh Samui.
We met at the pool for the knowledge development part and the confined water dive for the Instructor side mount course for Lucas and Simon.
Simon on side mount during one of the open water dives
The next day it was off to the Angthong National Marine Park for a side mount dive with both of them and a Fish Aware specialty dive. The start was given, two dives and specialties down, with 5 more specialties to follow, since the Enriched Air Instructor course was already taken care of.
This was followed by a days diving at Sail Rock where we completed the Deep Dive Instructor specialty with two deep dives, both laced with some skills. A dive to 37 meters which included a staged decompression stop for 8 minutes at 5 meters and a second dive to 27 meters with plenty of deep dive related skills.
Anemone gardens at South West Pinnacle
The next dive day saw us back on the PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers' dive boat for the 'Big Easy', three dives during one day with visits to South West Pinnacle, Shark Island near Koh Tao and Sail Rock.
I hadn't been to South West Pinnacle for about 12 or 13 years, at least, and with only 9 logged all time dives there, I didn't expect to recognize the dive site anymore. How wrong I was! During the dive a lot of memories of diving this pinnacle came back and we had a very enjoyable dive during which we completed the underwater naturalist instructor specialty.
South West Pinnacle had stunning visibility and some amazing anemone gardens to boost. A dive site which I can highly recommend.
The second dive of the day was at Shark Point, just South of Koh Tao and Lucas completed his Digital Underwater Photography Instructor dive there.
The third and last dive of the day was a Sear &ch Recovery dive at Sail Rock, which allowed us to practice and execute some search patterns, which was a nice ending of a long days diving.
Emergency Oxygen Providers in the making
During our dive outings we also took the opportunity to complete the practical skills of the Emergency Oxygen provider course. During the actual IDC we visited the hyperbaric chamber in Bang Rak.
Relaxing at Chaweng beach after all is dived and done
The finals two dives were made at Chaweng Beach. First off was the second Search & Recovery dive, although it was conducted in very low visibility, we still managed to get some 20 kilos of trash and debris out of the water and the second dive was the Underwater navigation dive, to which the low viz greatly contributed to sharpen their skills.
After that it was time for a relaxed drink at the beach and kick back for a while, everything was out of the way now and we have two very happy Specialty Instructors on the island!
Come and see me for more information about my upcoming PADI IDC programs, the first one is scheduled to start 25th August on Phuket, Thailand with a German and English PADI IDC on offer with two PADI Course Directors, followed by 14th September in Moalboal, Philippines and this is followed by 26th September in Puerto Galera in the Philippines.
See you there,